Supports for workers, businesses, non-profits and community groups

Access economic recovery and financial benefits for yourself, your business, industry, non-profit organization or community group from the provincial and federal governments.

Last updated: May 6, 2022

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Loans and grants

Loans, grants and flexible financing solutions are available to businesses affected by COVID-19.

Provincial


The BC Indigenous Tourism Recovery Fund 2022 provides one-time grants of up to $20,000 for Indigenous tourism businesses.


Eligibility

  • Indigenous tourism businesses with at least 51% Indigenous ownership
  • Majority share of the business is owned by one or more B.C. residents
  • The business must offer market-ready Indigenous tourism products or experiences in B.C.

Review eligibility requirements and apply now

Federal


Supports organizations in future-proofing their business, building resiliency and preparing for growth.

Eligible businesses with fewer than 500 full time employees may qualify for interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50% of eligible costs. Eligible not-for-profit organizations may qualify for non-repayable contributions for up to 90% of eligible costs. Indigenous-led organizations and businesses may qualify for up to 100% of eligible project costs.


Eligibility

Applications will be accepted until funding is fully allocated

This fund supports tourism businesses and organizations in adapting their operations to meet public health requirements and invests in products and services to facilitate future growth.

Businesses may qualify for financial assistance, including:

  • Non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000, for up to 50% of eligible costs
  • Repayable contributions of up to $500,000, for up to 75% of eligible costs

Non-profit organizations and Indigenous entities will be eligible for non-repayable contributions.


Eligibility

Businesses, non-profit organizations and Indigenous organizations in the tourism sector

Learn more about the Tourism Relief Fund

This initiative supports major Canadian festivals and events to adapt and enhance their activities to ensure continued successful operations.

Major, recurring festivals and events with annual revenues exceeding $10 million may qualify for financial assistance, including:

  • Generally non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations
  • Generally repayable contributions to for-profit organizations

Eligibility

Learn more about the support initiative here


Support for workers and self-employed individuals

Provincial and federal income supports are available to help workers and self-employed individuals affected by COVID-19.

Provincial


All workers can take up to 3 hours of paid leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This applies to workers receiving any dose of the vaccine.


Eligibility

Part-time and full-time workers in B.C.

Learn more about paid vaccination leave

Federal


The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) provides income support at a rate of $300 per week to people who were unable to work due to recent public health lockdowns.


Eligibility

Workers who:

  • Had their employment interrupted as a result of public health lockdowns since October 24, 2021
  • Have earned at least $5,000 (before deductions) in 2019, 2020 or in the 12 months prior to applying
  • Have not received, for the same period, more than one recovery benefit, Employment Insurance benefit or workers’ compensation benefit

This benefit is available until May 7, 2022. You can apply for the final claim period until July 6, 2022.

Learn more about the CWLB

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) provides $500 per week for up to 6 weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions that would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.


Eligibility

Workers who:

  • Have earned at least $5,000 (before deductions) in 2019, 2020 or in the 12 months prior to applying
  • Have not received, for the same period, more than one recovery benefit, Employment Insurance benefit or workers’ compensation benefit

This benefit is available until May 7, 2022. You can apply for the final claim period until July 6, 2022.

Learn more about the CRSB

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) provides $500 per week for up to 44 weeks for people unable to work because they must care for a child under 12 years old or other family member requiring supervised care


Eligibility

Workers who:

  • Have earned at least $5,000 (before deductions) in 2019, 2020 or in the 12 months prior to applying
  • Have not received, for the same period, more than one recovery benefit, Employment Insurance benefit or workers’ compensation benefit

This benefit is available until May 7, 2022. You can apply for the final claim period until July 6, 2022.

Learn more about the CRCB


Wage and rent support

Federal programs are available to help employers avoid layoffs, rehire employees and temporarily reduce rent.

A wage subsidy is available to employers who have experienced a decline in revenue of at least 10% due to COVID-19.

The program will be in place until May 7, 2022. You can apply for the final claim period until November 3, 2022.


Eligibility

Businesses and non-profits

Review eligibility requirements and apply

Wage and rent support are available to businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector that meet all of the following criteria:

  • They have experienced a decline in monthly revenue of at least 40% over the past 12 months
  • They have a current-month revenue loss of at least 40%

Eligible businesses and organizations will receive a subsidy of up to 75% of lost revenue.

The program will be in place until May 7, 2022. You can apply for the final claim period until November 3, 2022.


Eligibility

Businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including:

  • Hotels, bars and restaurants
  • Travel agencies and tour operators
  • Convention centres
  • Convention and trade show organizers

Review eligibility requirements and learn more

Wage and rent support are available to businesses and organizations that:

  • Do not qualify for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • Have experienced a decline in monthly revenue of at least 50% over the past 12 months

Eligible businesses and organizations will receive a subsidy of up to 50% of lost revenue.

The program will be in place until May 7, 2022. You can apply for the final claim period until November 3, 2022.


Eligibility

Business and non-profits

Review eligibility requirements and learn more


Supports for business sectors and community groups

Programs are available to help various organizations and sectors navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund 

The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund supports the industry in accessing new consumer markets and helps people working in the fish and seafood sector by creating jobs and developing more opportunities for products.

Eligibility

In general, not-for-profit industry organizations operating on a national or sector-wide basis

Review fund details and apply

Essential service organizations can apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies, including KN95 respirators, surgical masks, non-medical cloth and disposable masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and gloves.


Eligibility

Organizations identified as essential service providers as defined by Public Safety Canada

Visit the Public Services Procurement website for more information or to apply

 

Federal

Tourism Relief Fund

Supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations while investing in services to facilitate their future growth.

Non-repayable contributions up to $100,000 and fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 are available.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include tourism entities that cater mainly to visitors, such as businesses, not-for-profit organizations, band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives

Learn more about the Tourism Relief Fund


Provincial

British Columbia Tourism Resiliency Network

One-on-one support for tourism businesses to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery. The BC Tourism Resiliency Network is led by the Regional Tourism Secretariat. 

Register for the program to access one-on-one meetings with program advisorswebinars and other resources.

Eligibility

Tourism businesses

Register for the program


 Food delivery fee cap

The food delivery fee cap limits fees that delivery companies can charge food establishments, helping restaurants continue to operate and build their recovery. The cap limits fees charged to restaurants at 15%, with a 5% cap for other fees associated with the use of these services.

The temporary cap was extended though the COVID-19 Related Measures Act and will now expire on December 31, 2022.